Lapland photography holiday, Autumn colours

“An autumn photography tour in northern Lapland, with opportunities to capture images of stunning landscapes, wildlife and of course the Northern Lights.”

Highlights

Lemmenjoki National Park | Lake Menesjarvi | Night photography | Pyha-Luosto National Park | Landscape photography | Aurora workshop | Oulanka National Park | River rafting | Nature photography | Wildlife photography | Chance to photograph wolves and brown bears | Kuhmo |

Description of Lapland photography holiday, Autumn colours

Join a photographer / guide for a thrilling week-long tour of northern Lapland. During the course of the week you’ll have opportunities to develop your skills in night, landscape, nature and wildlife photography, and in a place like this there is no shortage of suitable subjects. Plus, of course, since this trip operates in September, there is an excellent chance of witnessing, and photographing, the spectacular Northern Lights.

You’ll stay in a series of small hotels, including a converted Sami school house, ideally situated in an area of virtually zero light pollution for seeing the aurora borealis. During the days you’ll venture out to explore some of the region’s wild and dramatic national parks, Arctic hills, lakes and villages.

In Oulanka National Park, you can take a river rafting trip (nothing too adventurous, so you needn’t worry about your camera) while in Kuhmo your guide will lead you to a remote bear watching cabin, where if you’re lucky you may also encounter wolves and wolverines.

Other accommodations include a set of old fishing cottages, complete with sauna for the evening, and Nelli, a village close to the Russian border where the Northern Lights are known to reflect beguilingly in the nearby river.

Your guide is there not just to show you around and help you find the best angles, but also to advise you on your photography skills and getting the most from your camera. For photographers, whatever your level of experience, this region is a real breathtaker, with no end of incredible backdrops full of rich autumnal colour, against which to capture picturesque villages and wildlife.

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Lapland photography holiday, Autumn colours

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

This tour will take you to Lemmenjoki National Park, Pyha-Luosto National Park and to Oulanka National Park to see the amazing wilderness. We honor the wilderness nature, follow the rules of the National Parks and not leave any garbage behind us or do not harming the wildlife in any way, when photographing them.

On this tour our guests will have a chance to photograph the unique nature and hopefully tell about it in their home countries by their photographs. The most important target are the northern lights, a light show offered by the northern nature.

The small hotels are recycling everything they can. They get their living from tourists wanting to see the pure wilderness nature and we can be 100% sure they do all they can to protect the nature around their destination.

For transportation a van registered for 9 is used. It s economical to have a group of people travelling together.

Community

We are using local guidance services in order to take the group to such special places as the Ravadas falls, old villages of eastern Lapland and the top of Pyha hill. We'll visit the Sámi museum Siida to learn about the Arctic nature and eight seasons. They will tell facts and stories about their neighbourhood.

A local wildlife photography expert is taking the group to photograph brown bears and other Arctic wildlife. Dinners are provided by local service partners and we either stop for lunch at a restaurant or take away food with us on the tour. We are favoring small, local guesthouses instead of hotels if possible.

This tour is 100% locally driven. Our guide is Croatian but even he earns his living in Finland. We tour in a small group, which together with pre-booking makes it possible to get services and reasonable for local companies to provide them outside the main heavy seasons.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Oh that is a difficult one. I guess it was the Reindeer selection ring, where the herders catch their reindeer for market. The melee was amazing and no one was hurt, but a fantastic experience. Then there is the photographing of a moose that was 5 meters away. Being able to enter the Sami Parliament.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take good thermal underwear, whatever quality your clothing it will not be warm enough.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I do believe in responsible tourism and the few gifts I did buy were made by the Sami people and I knew from my guide, where the money went.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


I am going to need to find a word other than awesome as I used it so many times. This was the first holiday (other than as a child) where the trip was not arranged by me, I knew I was going to Lapland and had a guide, so everything else was a suprise. I must say that Riitta outdid herself. Absolutely everything was thought of and worked really well. My guide was brilliant and went the extra mile. What started as a photo trip, became the holiday of a lifetime and Lapland has a place in my heart forever.

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